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Easily take pets abroad to Italy

2018-01-02 01:36:00
Every year, many pet parents want to take their pets abroad to Italy, Italy belongs to the European Union, and the requirements for bringing pets into the country are the same as those of Germany and France. Like most EU countries, Italy requires serum testing, microchips and rabies vaccines. The following article summarizes the process of taking pets abroad to Italy, hoping to help parents in need.
Italy Entry requirements

identified by a clearly visible tattoo or by a transponder. It is recommended to implant ISO chips, which have been mandatory since the end of 2010.


be accompanied by a document proving there is an effective vaccination protection against rabies (inactivated vaccine with an efficiency of at least one international antigen unit according to WHO standard, period of validity of the vaccination protection according to the information of the manufacturer). This is mainly the requirement of rabies vaccine for pets.


If the country of origin is not listed and hence the rabies situation and its surveillance in this country is unclear or critical, the animal must have been subjected to an additional blood test for antibodies against rabies. This test must have been carried out by a registered least 30 days after the vaccination and 3 months prior to the entry. This is mainly for non-EU recognized rabies control area requirements, unfortunately China is one of them, that is to say, mainland China pets to go to all areas of the EU, must do a rabies serum antibody test (FAVN), only qualified and reached 3 months to enter the country.


The blood test must be carried out by a laboratory which is approved by the European Commission (Annex 1 of Decision 2004/233/EC). To this end, the blood sample has to be sent to one of the approved laboratories. The main point here is that the rabies serum antibody test must be carried out in an accredited laboratory. Currently, there is no accredited laboratory in China, so the serum test of pets in our country is generally sent to an accredited laboratory of the European Union for testing. The specific list of laboratories can be found on the website of PetSino. If you can't handle it yourself, you can ask PetTour to handle it. They are more professional.

Formalities for going abroad

Rabies vaccine immunization and microchip implantation. After preparing to take your pet abroad to Germany, the first thing you need to start is rabies vaccine immunization. At present, our country's requirements for pets going abroad are that they must go to the local designated rabies vaccine injection hospital to be approved, and they must get the Animal Immunization Certificate issued by the hospital to handle the subsequent exit health examination procedures for pets. The chip is not yet popular in many cities, but it must be implanted in Germany, so you can buy it from PetTour, and then find a veterinarian to implant it yourself.


Pet serum collection. After 1 month after the rabies, you need to take your pet to the pet hospital to collect serum. It should be noted that serum is not blood, serum is obtained by blood separation, generally speaking, the laboratory needs 1-2ML of serum for detection. However, for this 1-2ML of serum, it is often necessary to draw 5-10ML to separate it.


It should be noted that it is not correct to say that serum samples must be stored in cold storage. Specifically, blood must be stored in cold storage, because its storage period is very short, and serum can be stored at room temperature if it is well separated, as long as it is not too long. VET said that under normal circumstances, one week is no problem.


Book flights and prepare suitcases. Depending on the city, it is best to choose a direct flight, so that pets do not suffer and are not prone to problems. Try to choose a good quality imported box, and pay attention to be sure to ventilate all around, there are pallets underneath, and pets can turn freely in the box. Poor quality airline cases may cause damage during long flights, and pets may leave the airline cases and other emergencies. The consequences of pets leaving the airline are very serious, and generally speaking, airport security personnel often choose to shoot pets after discovering them, so as not to cause aviation disasters or terrorist attacks. Parents must pay attention to this problem.


Health check before departure. After the pet serum test results are qualified, the pet can be brought to Germany after 3 months from the blood collection and liquidation. So we need to book a pet flight before then. According to the flight time, take your pet to the pet hospital designated by the local entry-exit Quarantine Bureau one week in advance for exit health examination. If you pass the physical examination, you can get a health certificate in 1-2 days.


Apply for official health certificate and customs clearance. The official health certificate is also called "Animal health Certificate". After your pet passes the physical examination, take the health certificate to the Entry-Exit Quarantine Bureau to apply for "Animal Health Certificate" and "Customs clearance". With these two things, you can take your pet on the plane.


Check-in before departure. On the day of departure, take your pet to the airport terminal 3 to 4 hours in advance to check in for your pet. Be sure to remember all the certification materials for your pet, including the injection record (animal immunization certificate), official health certificate (animal health certificate) and customs clearance, in addition to the serum test report.

Matters needing attention

Food preparation. Try to eat only the most common foods on the day of the flight and do not eat too much. You should stop eating 4-6 hours before the flight. To reduce the need for pets to go to the toilet in the cage. A healthy pet can tolerate occasional extended periods without food (check with your veterinarian for length of time, but it can be up to a day), but always have water. If you're on a long trip, pack a small amount of dry dog food in a ziploc bag and tape it to the outside of the cage. When there are special circumstances (such as waiting for a long connection or being delayed by weather conditions), airport staff can obtain dog food and feed it without opening the cage door.


Taking pets abroad is a systematic project, and it is strongly recommended to choose some experienced professional companies to handle it, such as PetTour China, PetSino, and Petrelocation in Canada. Inexperienced agents may cause your pet's flight errors, problems in the arrangement process, and even the pet's destruction because the entry materials do not meet the requirements.


Buy a plane ticket. Before you decide which airline to choose, be sure to inquire about pet travel rules and procedures. Some airlines do not accept pets at all, some airlines have size and weight restrictions, and some airlines have weather and temperature considerations to determine whether they can carry pets. After determining that the airline can carry pets, in addition to trying to buy direct tickets, you should also further understand the following information. (a) Ask about the regulations for pets in the baggage hold or cabin. In order to take into account the safety and comfort of the cabin and the rights of other passengers, most pets are transported in the baggage compartment. In addition to asking about cage sizes, find out how the airline will set the temperature and adjust cabin pressure for pet safety. When possible, schedule a flight during cool weather or at night, because the heat in the cabin can pose a safety threat to pets because the plane is exposed to the sun before takeoff. (b) At the time of purchase, inform the airline that pets will be travelling with them and provide the size and weight of the carrier. It usually takes about a week for airlines to run the process and notify all staff on the line so they can prepare - reserving space and adjusting cabin pressure and temperature. (c) After receiving the ticket, please confirm that the ticket itinerary contains information on pet travel. (d) Choose a pet-friendly airline


Arrive for pickup. Pets usually get off the plane before people and are placed near the office next to the baggage carousel. Then just take the customs clearance documents and quarantine certificates issued by the Epidemic prevention and Quarantine Bureau to the customs officers for verification, you can enter the customs. If you need to continue flying after entry, please repeat the steps above to alert the new crew to the presence of a pet. Also reconfirm that the baggage compartment has proper cabin pressure and temperature adjustment. If flying within Canada, please pay special attention to the airline's regulations on the space and temperature of the transport cage. For humane and pet safety reasons, if the cage is too small, the airline has the right to request the replacement of a suitable transport cage (depending on the size of the pet, so that it can comfortably turn around, stand, sit or lie down in the cage) or refuse to carry the pet. Airlines will also refuse to allow pets on flights if the local temperature is too hot or too cold. Although Chinese airlines do not have such regulations, they are still advised to consider these factors that may pose a threat to the safety and health of pets before flying. Or, if possible, continue the journey by car after entering the country.